Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool face a massive struggle to bring in Serbian star Nemanja Matic after it emerged that Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race.
According to the Express, the reigning French champions are looking to add to their squad in January and manager Laurent Blanc has highlighted Matic as a preferable option.
Matic, who swapped Chelsea for Benfica as part of the deal to bring David Luiz to Stamford Bridge, has been impressive at the Portuguese giants and his performances have attracted the interest of a number of European big guns.
It was reported that Chelsea were the favourites to re-sign their former star, who now has a reported release clause of €50million, with United and Liverpool closely behind. However PSG boss Blanc has now confirmed his interest in the 25-year-old.
"Matic is a good player," Blanc told reporters.
"He is a young player. Benfica have very good, young players, including those from Balkan countries.
"As to whether he will be at PSG in the future, I hope to get him but he is already at a big club called Benfica."
Many will view the French outfit as potential favourites to sign Matic now, given their status as one of Europe's financial heavyweights.
High-profile arrivals such as that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani have turned the Parc des Princes into an attractive venue, and United and co. will have to move quickly if they are to get their man.